Oxbow Brewing Company

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #11
Ranked #6,505
4.08 | pDev: 6.62%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: Luppolo is an unfiltered dry-hopped pils brewed with European malts and hops.
Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 92 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by tzieser:
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tzieser from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16oz can into a .25l mug. Canned 4/1/20.

Side of the can reads:
"Luppolo is an unfiltered pils brewed with European malts and noble hops. Named after the Italian word for 'hop,' this
'Italian-style pils' is an homage to the hop-forward pale lagers produced in Italy."

A: pours straw, pale gold in color (SRM 3-4ish) in color with a very slight haze to it but still leans towards the clear side. Thick, rocky head slowly settles into a thick lacing that sticks to my mug throughout the pint. Solid carbonation. Very nice.

S: Loads of noble hop aroma. Lots of herbal notes, freshly cut grass, perhaps some hay and mint. Quite remarkable. Notes of freshly baked bread from the malt. Excellent example of dry-hopping without going over the top.

T: Follows the aroma. Lots and lots of noble hop bitterness; aforementioned notes herbs and grass. Bready, crackery malt backbone. Finishes with a light hop bitterness. Very clean and refreshing yet also complex and layered enough to compliment a nice plate of antipasti. Superb.

M: Crisp and bone dry mouthfeel. Keeps you coming back for another sip.

O: This one beats out Pivo pils as the best US-made Italian-style pilsner I've had to date (runner up being Sunday Gravy by Counterweight). The amount of noble hop character they managed to squeeze into this beer without being assertively bitter is very impressive, not to mention the perfect crispiness and dryness you expect in a well-made pilsner. 4.25/5

May 30, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i have not had many clean beers from these guys, but given the quality established in their wild stuff, it really comes as no surprise that this is as good as it is, a nice crisp but well hopped german-esque pils, really expertly put together, drinkable for miles, and the first beer i have ever seen from them in a can i think. its clear and very light colored, glowing golden in the glass under an inch of brilliant white head, pillowy and permanent. its very light in nose and taste too, mild and crushable beer, but more than a palate cleanser too, just a light belgian type pils malt at its core, maybe only that, and some minerals and crispness to the lagering part, but i dont taste much from the yeast, i feel it more than anything. the dry hopping is nice, but this does carry a little bitterness too, giving the finish even more zip. not sure what they use, but it could be a mandarina type, i get that mellow citrus and noble combination, although it could be a number of varietals at work here. the flavor is really mild, but it seems like the right mix of traditional and modernized, and i could drink it infinitely. the high carbonation and dryness are awesome, and the freshness matters, on point from the can. overall a really good beer, somewhat outside of what i know about these guys, but one i would likely buy regularly if it were available here in colorado. i love oxbow, always have, always will.

Nov 02, 2018
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 04, 2020
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: It's a pilsner! Straw yellow with a uniform fluffy head that leaves light white lacing across the glass.
S: Lemongrass and pilsner malt . . . a semi-stuffy nose makes mining for olfactory depth a bit difficult.
T: Light hay followed by lemony spritzer, rosewater, and mint: a bouquet of floral herbs and flowers that carries seamlessly into a crackery lemongrass finish. The profile here isn't profoundly deep, but a masterclass in delicate hop character.
F: light body that builds in creaminess toward a dry finish.

This drinks even lighter than a German pils usually should with the scent and flavor of a perennial garden mid-summer. If you could can nostalgia, it would taste a bit like this

Apr 05, 2020
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 20, 2019
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jbarletto from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 30, 2019
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bigred89 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 08, 2020
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malrubius from Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can. Gold with chill haze head and lace. Light grassy aroma with a touch of citrus. Similar sweetness with some cereal grains and medium herbal grassy bitterness and a touch of honey in the finish. Light and lively. Excellent.

May 31, 2019
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hockeypuck from Maine

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 21, 2019
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale straw. The aromatics are really what jump off to me when I pour out the can. It's really floral, zesty. There's definitely a strong bready, crusty, but not in a burnt way, backbone that immediately stands out. That give way to a floral bouquet of citrus zest and maybe some white pepper bitterness. If there is any bit of criticism, it feels a little light for a pilsner. Regardless, I could sip many of these through out the night.

Dec 19, 2019
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LukeGude from Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Giulia! Perfect second beer.

Jun 07, 2019
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ElGallo from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 21, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a 3/4", creamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent enough aroma of malt, hops, citrus fruit, and a grassy quality.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of hops (not too much, though), a hint of the grassy quality (never welcome), a lot of malt (present throughout), an herbal quality and some citrus fruit (lemon, in particular). This is one of those "not bad" kind of flavors. Pilsner isn't a flexible style but this one works well in its confines. It's light, sweet, and effervescent.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not a bad lightweight beer. Worth a look.

Jul 24, 2019
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baklo from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nov 08, 2020
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 3 month old can into a tall 12oz glass (almost a pils glass I guess)

L: slightly hazy straw gold, large white head that dissipates after a bit. Some lacing

S: bread (biscuit, white, sourdough) and some herb/pine notes

T: crisp and flavorful. Same bread notes as on the nose, this nice peppery finish I really liked. Each sip welcomed the next

F: what I’m looking for, light but not too thin with good carbonation

O: a Pilsner I’ll happily have again! Three months old and quite flavorful, would love to try some fresher stuff for comparison

Mar 10, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy bright golden color. Effervescent. Thinnish white head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving no residual head.

Aroma has notes of grain, light bready malts with a slight grassy hop notes.

Taste follows the nose with notes of grains, some mild bready malts, but the emphasis is on the grain note. Grassy hop notes on the back end. There is a nice soft minerality to the flavor profile Mild woodsy bitterness on the back end that builds on itself as the beer is consumed.

Feel is light, crisp, and super drinkable. Bright carbonation. Abrupt slightly dry finish.

Overall a really nice accessible pilsner. I'd absolutely drink this one again.

Jun 14, 2020
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Captain69 from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours bright yellow good head that disipates quickly, good hop tastes that last thru the beer nice after taste

Jun 17, 2020
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ddoyle23 from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jul 08, 2020
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paulish from New York

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 03, 2019
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extra hoppy pilsner, nicely done.
Noble hops bring a deep earthy herbal and grassy tones. Solid and crisp malt with bread cracker and mild honey sweetness. Medium body and a dry finish, ready for the next sip!
Overall a nice solid beer, well crafted and highly drinkable.

Jun 12, 2020
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coshag from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

May 16, 2020
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Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aug 29, 2019
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Sulty from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 15, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very slight haze; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thick collar; little lacing;

S: floral, apple, and leather;

T: floral that is subtle up front, but builds through the middle and stays through the finish; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; crisp;

O: makes you want to come back for another sip;

Jun 30, 2020
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Patches826 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 01, 2020
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